Mark C. Mazzarella

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in San Diego, California

Mazzarella Law APC
Mark C. Mazzarella
Mazzarella Law APC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1978

Education: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Mazzarella Law APC

2550 Fifth Avenue
9th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103 Visit website


Mark C. Mazzarella is the founder of Mazzarella Law APC in San Diego, California. He has tried over 90 cases and successfully resolved hundreds more prior to trial. Mr. Mazzarella specializes in matters involving real estate, hospitality litigation, government entity litigation, general business, banking, securities, intellectual property disputes, and probate and estate litigation. With more than 45 years of legal experience, he serves clients throughout the state of California.   

Graduating first in his class, Mr. Mazzarella has a bachelor’s degree from the United States International University. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law and obtained his Juris Doctor. In law school, he was a member of the U.C.L.A. Law Review and the Moot Court Honors Program.

Mr. Mazzarella is an enthusiastic member of numerous legal organizations, including the: 

·       American Bar Association Advisory Panel

·       San Diego County Superior Court, judge pro tem

·       Association of Business Trial Lawyers–San Diego, Past President 

·       Litigation Section of The State Bar of California, Past Chair 

·       Ad Hoc Committee on Bench/Bar relations for the San Diego County Superior and Municipal Courts, Chair

·       U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, Chair

·       San Diego County Bar Association

·       American Bar Association

In recognition of his impeccable legal services, Mr. Mazzarella has received many accolades, including being named to the lists of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, the Top Influentials by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and the Top Attorneys in San Diego in corporate litigation by the San Diego Daily Transcript. He is also the only real estate litigator in San Diego to be listed on the Best of the U.S. Additionally, he has received an AV* Preeminent peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. 

Mr. Mazzarella has authored and co-authored numerous articles as well as lectured at many continuing legal education platforms to educate students and fellow attorneys. He is well known for his zealous and tireless advocacy for his clients and handles all cases with an unwavering commitment to their needs and best interests. 

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Construction Litigation: Business, Estate & Trust Litigation, Real Estate: Business, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Land Use/Zoning

Focus areas

Construction Defects

  • 20% Business Litigation
  • 20% Construction Litigation: Business
  • 20% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20% Real Estate: Business
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Land Use/Zoning

First Admitted: 1978, California

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Former Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Top Attorneys in San Diego in “Corporate Litigation” category, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2006 & 2007
  • “San Diego Super Lawyer”, Law & Politics, 2007
  • "Super Lawyers", 2007 - 2011
  • San Diego’s "Top Influentials", San Diego Daily Transcript, 2006
  • “AV Preeminent”, 5.0 out of a possible 5.0, Martindale Hubbell
  • Moot Court Honors Program, Member, U.C.L.A.
  • Only real estate litigator in San Diego named among the best lawyers in the U.S. by "The Best of the U.S.", 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-author, with renowned jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, of the New York Timesand international bestseller, Reading People (Random House 1998), and Put Your Best Foot Forward (Simon & Schuster 2000), as well as scores of legal and lay article
  • Faculty of the American Bar Association’s National Trial Institute, “How to Win A Business Jury Trial”
  • Member of the U.C.L.A. Law Review, U.C.L.A.
  • Participant, trial demonstration programs at the Annual Trial Seminar of The Litigation Section of The California State Bar
  • Participant, trial demonstration programs at the The Association of Business Trial Lawyers' Annual Trial Symposium
Representative Clients:
  • Pacific Scene Homes
  • Davidson Communities
  • Douglas Wilson Companies
  • Arena Group 2000 (Ron and Ernie Hahn)
  • Lambert Development
  • Carter/Reese
  • The Manchester Financial Group
  • Peter Janopaul
  • Buehler v. Sbardellati
  • Johnson v. Sheppard Mullen
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association Advisory Panel, Member
  • Guidelines for Ethics, Civility and Professionalism for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Principal Draftsman, 1992-1993
  • The Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • California State Bar Association, Litigation Section, past Chair, 1988
  • Chair, the ad hoc Committee on Bench/Bar relations for the San Diego County Superior and Municipal Courts, and the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association Annual Meeting, Floor Leader, 1985
  • The Association of Business Trial Lawyers--San Diego, past President - two-term
  • San Diego County Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Delegate, 1984
  • American Bar Association, Advisory Panel Member
Educational Background:
  • United States International University, Cal Western, Honors: First in his class, 1975
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California to serve a three year term as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2007
  • Appeared on programs such as "Larry King Live," "Hardball with Chris Mathews," "The O'Reilly Factor," "Saturday Morning with Tony Snow," "The Kathleen Crier Report," "The Edge with Paula Zahn," "The Dan Abrams Report," "EXTRA," and scores of other ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC and CNN news shows
Industry Groups:
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Professional Services
  • Real Estate

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Mark is of the best trial attorneys in San Diego. His over 40 years of experience as a civil trial attorney is unparalleled. His range of civil litigation experience is extensive. His experience includes complex business, real estate, construction, and land use matters. There are few attorneys in San Diego that can claim to have conducted as many trials as Mark has conducted.”

“An impressive and distinguished attorney, fearless litigator, dedicated advocate for his clients and mentor for junior attorneys. ”

Office location for Mark C. Mazzarella

2550 Fifth Avenue
9th Floor
San Diego, CA 92103

Phone: 619-693-3001


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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